Invaded by Mongols, seized by the Ottomans, the Cozaks, and once again by the Ottomans. Next came the Poles, then the Russians, then Austria-Hungary, Germany, and Ukraine. This city with an identity crisis made only stronger with time now teeters on the Moldovan-Ukrainian border, battling recent politicians for ownership of its finest landmarks and winning one small step at a time.
Kamianets-Podilskyi is less than 20 kilometers north of Moldova and home to a beautiful fortress seen best at sunset. The Smotrych River valley allows for views of the ever changing flora paralleling flowing waters.
Adventurers can soar across the valley on a zip line while those wishing to keep a slower pace can enjoy views from the top of a slow-moving ferris wheel still standing from soviet times. Guess which we chose? Guess again. Yep, we kept it nice and easy with a ferris wheel ride and were struck with laughter when we were told only one rotation was allowed.
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A day trip through town was enough to soak in its charm, though a day can easily be made into a long weekend and thoroughly enjoyed. The blue-roofed churches and golden trimmings never seize to amaze as they catch the sun’s reflection and sparkle toward the sky: Quite possibly my favorite feature of Ukraine.